Dec 05, 2023

The Ridge at Back Brook commits to host two future GAP Majors

Ringoes, N.J. venue to host Junior Boys’ and Open in the next four years

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The Ridge at Back Brook is set to host two of GAP’s oldest championships within the next four years.

The Ringoes, N.J. venue has signed on to host the 2024 Junior Boys’ Championship and the 2027 Philadelphia Open.

The last time The Ridge hosted a GAP Major was the 2016 Philadelphia Open. Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s Jeff Osberg took the title in a four-hole aggregate playoff over Spring Mill Country Club’s Chris Crawford.

“It’s exciting for us to have clubs committing to different types of events across a number of years,” Kirby Martin, GAP’s Director of Competition said. “It shows the club’s support of the Association, its members and its events. We look forward to having two of our oldest championships at The Ridge in the coming years.”

The Junior Boys’ Championship is one of six tournaments that GAP runs annually that is more than 100 years old. It will celebrate its 110th playing when it heads to The Ridge in June 2024. It hosted the event in 2013 when member Roland Massimino won.

“For anyone in the golf industry, Juniors are a huge part of the future of golf,” owner Joel Moore, 69, of Ringoes, N.J., said. “Whenever you can get them involved is important. We have a ton of Junior camps and Junior tournaments here. Our members get excited when high-level Junior players come to play The Ridge.”

The Tom Fazio design spans across 300 acres of rolling terrain and offers premier facilities and playing conditions.

“The golf course is as good as it gets and will be in great championship condition,” Moore said. “The summer is when the course really shines. Based on what we heard after the Open, our members and players alike will have an enjoyable experience.”

Outside of hosting GAP Championships, The Ridge has also been a strong supporter of the Member Play Day program. They have hosted GAP for a Member Play Day every year since 2012 and will host two in 2024.

“The Ridge is a perfect venue for championship-level events,” Moore said. “We are looking forward to hosting both of these prestigious events. Our members enjoyed the Open the last time it was here. There were a lot of them that came out, watched and supported the event.”

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

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